Shapovalov quickly disposes of Polish qualifier at Italian Open in opening match

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is heading to the second round of the Italian Open.

The 13th-seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., crushed Polish qualifier Kamil Majchrzak 6-1, 6-3 at the ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event on Tuesday.

Shapovalov saved the only break point he faced.

The Canadian had a huge advantage on serve.

WATCH | Shapovalov makes quick work of Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak:

13th seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., defeated Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open in Rome. 2:32

He won 81 per cent of his points when he got his first serve in, 40 per cent ahead of Majchrzak’s rate.

Shapovalov will face world No. 69 Stefano Travaglia, of Italy, in the second round.

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime was scheduled to play No. 8 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina later Tuesday.

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